One of the learning opportunities offered to farmers by WABA, along with UW Extension and UW-CALS, is the annual Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic (formerly the WI Crop Management Conference and before that the Wisconsin Fertilizer, Aglime & Pest Management Conference), which is 55 years old and was held last week in Madison.
“They aren’t killing cattle. They’re removing them from the production cycle and they’ll be going into the processed food end of things which is what happens on every dairy farm in America,” that’s according to Mark Hagedorn with the UW Extension, who says the settlement for the amount of $52 million will be distributed to class members in one of two fixed cash payments.
Trempealeau County UW-Extension agriculture agent Steve Okonek said 2017 will be all about prices and what farmers do with them. Farmers need to see milk prices in the $20 range to start seeing a decent profit and corn in the $4 range to break even. Milk prices are trending toward $17 for February and in the $3 range for corn.
University of Wisconsin Extension Service offices have been among the promoters and coordinators of those community gardens. In most cases, the garden spaces are on property owned by churches, schools, units of government and private entities or individuals. Outagamie and Brown counties are among those with a community garden plot on the property housing their Extension Service office.
A 2016 University of Wisconsin-Extension Service report indicates Wisconsin is 17th in the nation for keeping working age adults with a college degree, but lags behind most other states in attracting people with college degrees to move here.
Liz Binversie, University of Wisconsin Extension, shares with us that research has shown that rapid increases in concentrates in the diet after calving increased the odds of having digital dermatitis. We are learning more about what might actually be happening, the potential causes might surprise even an experienced nutritionist.
UW-Extension Interim Horticulture Educator tells us the symptoms of Rhizosphaera needlecast are blotchy and discolored needles that eventually turn purplish-brown and fall from the tree. Needles closest to the trunk of the tree are often affected while the needles at the tips of the branches remain green.
FLAG, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension Columbia County, is a program that gives selected juniors and seniors from Columbia County high schools hands-on experience with local government. The current FLAG class, with 38 participants representing seven schools, is the largest in the program’s eight-year history.
Beginning in June, students met for weekly sessions with UW-Extension and Boys & Girls Club staff. In the program’s first session, participants planted their own garden plot, which they then maintained over the course of the program. Students gained hands-on experience planting, weeding, watering and harvesting produce, and also learned organic pest management skills through a session with UW-Extension Brown County horticulture educator Vijai Pandian.
Snapshot Wisconsin is a citizen science effort to capture images of all types of wildlife, including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more, to learn about Wisconsin’s wildlife. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.